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In or out, we have to work with Europe

Addressing the Catholic Institute of Paris, on the occasion of the conferment of an honorary doctorate last Thursday (November 17), the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, referred to "no common vision of what Europe is" - an occasion that the Press here, given the arguments about Brexit and the future, not only of the United Kingdom and the EU, but also Europe, strangely ignored.

This lack of vision in the present EU he contrasted with that of the founders of post-war European co-operation. It was one that was full of hope.

The treatment of Greece by the European Union, the Archbishop averred, had made that country "the biggest debtor's prison in European history".

He levelled further criticism at "centralisation, corruption and bureaucracy" in the EU.

But, whatever comes, we are all (whether EU or not) still part of Europe and will still have to work together.



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